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You can install the NIOS virtual software package on a host with VMware ESX or ESXi 6.7, 6.5.x, 6.0.x installed and configure it as a virtual appliance. You can configure the storage either with 250 GB or you can choose a configuration above 80 GB during the first boot. 

Infoblox NIOS provides core network services and a framework for integrating all the components of the modular Infoblox solution. NIOS provides integrated, secure, and easy-to-manage DNS (Domain Name System), DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) and IPAM (IP address management) services. In addition to DNS, DHCP, and IPAM, NIOS also provides TFTP, HTTP, NTP, and FTP file transfer services.

vNIOS for VMware provides most of the features supported by NIOS but with some limitations. For information, see Known Limitations. NIOS virtual appliances support the following features:

  • Configuration as an HA pair, a Grid Master, Reporting server, or a Grid Master Candidate
  • Anycast addressing
  • OSPF
  • BGP
  • Static routes
  • IPv6

vSphere vMotion is also supported. You can migrate NIOS virtual appliances from one ESX or ESXi server to another without any service outages. The migration preserves the hardware IDs and licenses of the NIOS virtual appliances. VMware Tools is automatically installed for each NIOS virtual appliance. Infoblox supports the control functions in VMware Tools. For example, through the vSphere client, you can shut down the virtual appliance. For information about migrating a NIOS virtual appliance, see Migrating NIOS Virtual Appliances.

Supported vNIOS for VMware Appliance Models

You can configure most NIOS virtual appliances as independent or HA Grid Masters, Grid Master Candidates, or Grid members. The table below lists NIOS virtual appliance models and their specifications. Note that each NIOS virtual appliance requires a unique hardware ID. Infoblox does not support cloned VM instances as NIOS virtual appliances.

Basic VM disk allocations include the following:

IB-V805, IB-V815, IB-V825, IB-V1405, IB-V1415, IB-V1425, IB-V2205, IB-V2215, IB-V2225, IB-V4005, IBV4015, IB-V4025, IB-V5005, ND-V805, ND-V1405, ND-V2205, ND-V4005, CP-V805, CP-V1405, and CP-V2205. NIOS virtual appliances support 250 GB hard disk allocation.

Note

To maintain high performance on your NIOS virtual appliances and to avoid not having enough resources to service all NIOS virtual appliances, do not oversubscribe physical resources on the virtualization host. Required memory, CPU, and disk resources must be adequately allocated for each NIOS virtual appliance that is running on the virtualization host. 


vNIOS on VMware Appliance Models

Trinzic Series Virtual Appliances

Overall Disk (GB)

# of CPU Cores

Memory Allocation

Virtual CPU Core Frequency Limit

Supported as Grid Master and Grid Master Candidate

IB-V815

250

2

16 GB

1100 MHz

Yes

IB-V825

250

2

16 GB

1600 MHz

Yes

IB-V1415

250

4

32 GB

1200 MHz

Yes

IB-V1425

250

4

32 GB

1800 MHz

Yes

IB-V2215

250

8

64 GB

2100 MHz

Yes

IB-V2225

250

8

64 GB

2100 MHz

Yes

IB-V401525014128 GB2400 MHzYes
IB-V402525014128 GB2400 MHzYes


Trinzic Series 
Reporting Virtual Appliances

Overall Disk (GB)

Minimum Disk Space Required

# of CPU Cores

Memory Allocation

Virtual CPU Core Frequency Limit

Supported as Grid Master and Grid Master Candidate

IB-V805
(1-2 GB daily limit)
250
(+ 1 TB user defined reporting storage)
250 GB232 GB2800 MHzNo
IB-V1405
(5 GB daily limit)
250
(+ 1.2 TB user defined reporting storage)
500 GB432 GB3600 MHzNo
IB-V2205
(10 GB daily limit)
250
(+ 2.4 TB user defined reporting storage)
1 TB864 GB2100 MHzNo

IB-V4005
(20 GB daily limit)

250
(+ user defined reporting)
1.5 TB14128 GB2400 MHzNo
IB-V5005User defined reporting storageUser definedUser definedUser definedN/ANo


Network Insight Virtual Appliances

Overall Disk (GB)

# of CPU Cores

Memory Allocation (GB)

Virtual CPU Core Frequency Limit

Supported as Grid Master and Grid Master Candidate

ND-V805*1

500

2

32 GB

2700 MHz

No

ND-V1405*1

500

4

32 GB

3600 MHz

No

ND-V2205*1

500

8

64 GB

2100 MHz

No

ND-V4005*150014128 GB2400 MHzYes

Note

*1 The overall disk space for an ND appliance is 500 GB. Only in NIOS 8.4.x, the overall disk space is 250 GB.


Cloud Platform Virtual Appliances

Overall Disk (GB)

# of CPU Cores

Memory Allocation

Virtual CPU Core Frequency Limit

Supported as Grid Master and Grid Master Candidate

CP-V805250216 GB1100 MHzNo
CP-V1405250432 GB1200 MHzNo
CP-V2205250864 GB2100 MHzNo

Requirements

The requirements to install the NIOS virtual appliance on a VMware ESX/ESXi server are as follows:

  • The NIOS software package: You can download the NIOS software from the Infoblox Technical Support site. To download the software, you must have a valid login account on the Infoblox Support site. Register your product at https://support.infoblox.com if you do not already have an account. The NIOS software package consists of a template file with .ova extension for all supported NIOS appliance models. Make sure that you download the file with .ova extension.

    Note

    After you download the .ova file, you can run the tar -xvf nios-xxx.ova command to untar the .ova and separate .ovf and .vmdk files.

    You can deploy the NIOS virtual appliance from a remote web server or from a local file system accessible from your management system.

  • A management system that has an installed vSphere client: To manage multiple hosts, the vSphere client must be connected to the vCenter server system.

Known Limitations

NIOS virtual appliance for VMware support most of the features of the Infoblox NIOS appliances, with the following limitations:

  • When you configure an HA pair, both nodes in the HA pair must be NIOS virtual instances. You cannot configure a physical NIOS appliance and a NIOS virtual instance in an HA pair.
  • NIOS virtual appliances run on virtual hardware. They do not have sensors to monitor the physical CPU temperature, fan speed, and system temperature.
  • Changing the NIOS virtual appliance settings through the VMware vSphere or vCenter console may violate the terms of the NIOS virtual licensing and support models. The NIOS virtual  appliance may not join the Grid or function properly.
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